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  • A Brief Introduction to Social Work

    A Brief Introduction to Social Work

    by David Howe

    Learning about social work theory is a bit like hot air ballooning - it's about looking at the world from above and going on a voyage of discovery to find out what guides social work practice. In 25 clearly labelled chapters, this book explains and discusses social work theory in a crisp, clear and accessible way. Whether you're a student, a newly qualified social worker or a 'seasoned' professional you will find plenty in this book to inform, enlighten and refresh you. Written by David Howe, one of the...

  • A Guide to Interviewing Children: Essential Skills for Counsellors, Police, Lawyers and Social Workers

    A Guide to Interviewing Children: Essential Skills for Counsellors, Police, Lawyers and Social Workers

    by Claire Wilson, Martine Powell

    It is critical that children are interviewed properly in cases of suspected abuse or where the children may be witnesses to or victims of a crime. Poor questioning can upset the child further and contaminate evidence that may be needed in court. Interviewing Children is a practical guide to interviewing techniques for a range of professionals including welfare workers, psychologists, schoolteachers and counsellors, police officers and lawyers. Step by step, it outlines the key stages of an interview, and how to respond to the child's needs during an interview....

  • A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention With At-Risk Youth

    A Strengths-Based Approach for Intervention With At-Risk Youth

    by Kevin M. Powell

    By focusing attention on what is right with youth rather than what is wrong with them, the strengths-based approach to intervening with youth avoids negative outcomes commonly associated with deficit- or problem-based interventions. This book provides an accessible outline of the strengths-based approach and details 41 interventions across several strengths domains. Practitioners in school, clinical and community settings will find the book’s numerous case examples, practical suggestions and reproducible forms and handouts invaluable in the provision of day-to-day youth services. *Contents:* Part 1: Overview of a Strengths-Based Approach Chapter 1—Strengths-Based Approach:...

  • A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

    A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work

    by Lorraine Muller

    Lorraine Muller outlines a theory for professional practice with Indigenous clients in the human services, based on traditional Indigenous knowledge and spirituality. Most people of European background are not aware that they see the world through the lens of the Western tradition, but for Indigenous people, it can seem like a foreign language. Indigenous ways of thinking and working are grounded in many thousands of years of oral tradition, and continue among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people today. Lorraine Muller shows that understanding traditional holistic approaches to social...

  • A-Z of Practices that Families find Helpful (Poster)

    A-Z of Practices that Families find Helpful (Poster)

    This poster, developed by the Collaboration Project - Brisbane South "Families and Service Providers Working Together" lists 26 simple practices that families identified as being helpful when engaging with workers. *A*lways ask the family “what would be helpful?” *B*alance the roles – sometimes the family may take the lead, sometimes the worker will take the lead. *C*ollaborate with the family and together services providers in order to provide better outcomes. *D*o what you say you will!!!! *E*xplore options with each family, as every family is unique. Develop *F*lexible responses according to the...

  • Art of Working with Anxious, Antagonistic Adolescents: Ways Forward for Frontline Professionals

    Art of Working with Anxious, Antagonistic Adolescents: Ways Forward for Frontline Professionals

    by Nick Luxmoore

    This is a series of surprising and candid conversations held between veteran counsellor Nick Luxmoore and professionals working with young people. Based entirely on stories from the author's experience of supervising frontline professionals, it looks at how to approach young people, the stumbling blocks faced on both sides, and offers invaluable guidance to anyone working with teenagers. Luxmoore posits ways forward for practitioners which are adaptive and allow them to respond personally, practically and theoretically. From suicide to disordered eating, watching pornography to love in therapeutic relationships, Nick Luxmoore covers a...

  • Being White in the Helping Professions

    Being White in the Helping Professions

    by Judy Ryde

    In this reflective yet practical book, the author challenges white helping professionals to recognize their own cultural identity and the impact it has when practising in a multicultural environment. Judy Ryde reveals how white people have implicit and explicit advantages and privileges that often go unnoticed by them. She suggests that in order to work effectively in a multicultural setting, this privilege needs to be fully acknowledged and confronted. She explores whether it is possible to talk about a white identity, addresses uncomfortable feelings such as guilt or shame, and...

  • Child to Parent Violence and Abuse: Family Interventions with Non Violent Resistance

    Child to Parent Violence and Abuse: Family Interventions with Non Violent Resistance

    by Declan Coogan

    Providing an authoritative overview of the growing phenomena of child to parent violence - a feature in the daily life of increasing numbers of families - this book outlines what we know about it, what is effective in addressing it, and outlines a proven model for intervention. Based on Non Violent Resistance (NVR), the model is founded on a number of key elements: parental commitment to non-violence, de-escalation skills, increased parental presence, engaging the support network and acts of reconciliation. The book outlines the theory and principles, and provides pragmatic...

  • Collaborative Helping: A Strengths Framework for Home-Based Services

    Collaborative Helping: A Strengths Framework for Home-Based Services

    by Madsen, Gillespie

    *An interdisciplinary framework for sustainable helping through cross-system collaboration* This hands-on resource provides clear, practical guidance for supportive service professionals working in a home-based environment. Drawing on best practices from a range of disciplines, this book provides a clear map for dealing with the complex and often ambiguous situations that arise with individuals and families, with applications extending to supervision and organizational change. Readers gain the advice and insight of real-world frontline helpers, as well as those who receive care, highlighting new ways to approach the work and re-think previous conceptualizations...

  • Conversation Starters for Direct Work with Children and Young People: Guidance and Activities for Talking About Difficult Subjects

    Conversation Starters for Direct Work with Children and Young People: Guidance and Activities for Talking About Difficult Subjects

    by Audrey Tait and Becky Dunn

    Some children face traumatic or difficult events in their lives and it's essential that they are helped to understand such events and given permission to talk. To do this, helping adults need to be equipped and confident to start these conversations. Conversation Starters for Direct Work with Children and Young People provides guidance and support for any adult who needs to talk to children about difficult issues. The issues covered include domestic abuse and drug use, mental health issues, adoption and fostering, family illness and bereavement, as well as giving...

  • Critical Issues in Child Welfare (Hardback book)

    Critical Issues in Child Welfare (Hardback book)

    by Joan Shireman

    *No refund on this item: Was: $141.00* *Reduced by 40% - Now $84.60* What role can and should social work play in child welfare services? Responding to what many consider a crisis in the child welfare system, Critical Issues in Child Welfare is a comprehensive overview of the policies, programs, and practices that define the field, with an emphasis on the role of social work. Joan Shireman looks at the community context of child welfare, noting changes over time, and the role of social work in the development of...

  • Critical Multicultural Practice in Social Work: New perspectives and practices

    Critical Multicultural Practice in Social Work: New perspectives and practices

    by Dr Sharlene Nipperess

    A guide to the theory and practice of effective and sensitive multicultural approaches across a range of settings including aged care, disability services and child protection, suitable for both students and practitioners. Critical multicultural practice, rather than being a specialism, is integral to Australian social work. Drawing on critical race theory, critical multiculturalism, intersectionality and critical reflection as practice theory, this major new edited collection challenges many of the dominant assumptions of cross-cultural social work and provides instead a new model of transformative engagement. Key concepts are considered, including identity, culture, diversity...

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